Urban transport news from Europe

  • Chelyabinsk tram
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    Chelyabinsk orders more trams


    RUSSIA: Sole bidder UKVZ has won a contract to supply 11 fully low-floor single-section trams to Chelyabinsk at a maximum price of 814m roubles. The first seven cars, expected to be Type 71-628-01 vehicles, are to be delivered by November 1, and the remainder by May ...

  • Rotterdam tram
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    Energy bank to boost tramway power supply


    NETHERLANDS: The use of an ‘energy bank’ to reinforce a tramway power supply without needing to build a substation is to be piloted in Rotterdam from December. The energy bank will be installed at the Posthumalaan turning loop, which is currently only used at times of ...

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    Škoda showcases onboard safety and automation technology


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Škoda Group showcased its onboard technology for rolling stock at the Trako trade fair in Gdańsk on September 20. The equipment includes a safety system aimed at tram and light rail applications, and automation technology aimed at suburban and main line operations. The products ...

  • Sarajevo Stadler Tango NF3 tram at Trako (1)
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    New-build tram for Sarajevo unveiled


    BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA: The first of 15 Tango NF3 trams that Stadler is to supply to Sarajevo was unveiled at the 15th Trako International Railway Fair in the Polish city of Gdańsk on September 20.

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    Edinburgh tram inquiry report sets out reasons for delays and cost increases


    UK: The long-awaited report of the inquiry into why the Edinburgh tram project incurred delays, cost more than budgeted and was reduced in scope was finally published on September 19. The construction of the line from the city’s airport to Newhaven was initially budgeted at £545m ...

  • Moskva Central Diameter 4 EMU (4)
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    Moskva Central Diameter 4 launched


    RUSSIA: The fourth and longest of the Moskva Central Diameter cross-city suburban commuter lines has been launched. The 86 km MCD-4 was inaugurated on September 9 by President Vladimir Putin and Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin. The route covers 86 km from Aprelevka in the west ...

  • West Midland Metro tram at Wolverhampton station (Photo Midland Metro Alliance)
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    West Midlands Metro extended to Wolverhampton railway station


    UK: A 600 m branch of the West Midlands Metro light rail network to Wolverhampton railway station was opened on September 17, including an intermediate stop at Pipers Row to serve the city’s bus station. ‘With two new stops and services up to every 10 min, ...

  • London Trams Therapia Lane depot With Stadler Croydon Tramlink tram (Photo TfL)
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    Croydon tram operator to use Omnibus software


    UK: FirstGroup company Tram Operations Ltd is to use cloud-based software from Omnibus for activities including timetabling, crew scheduling and depot planning on the London Trams network it operates in south London. ‘After extensive market research, we identified Omnibus’ industry experience, evolving software and unmatched customer ...

  • Tyne & Wear Metro operator Nexus is running sessions to familiarise the emergency services with its new Stadler trains ahead of their entry into passenger service.
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    Emergency services get to know Stadler metro trains


    UK: Tyne & Wear Metro operator Nexus is running sessions to familiarise the emergency services with its new Stadler trains ahead of their entry into passenger service. The events at the Nexus Learning Centre cover the layout of the Class 555 trainsets, their fire suppression systems, ...

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    Torino trams begin entering service


    ITALY: The first of 70 trams which Hitachi Rail’s Napoli plant is supplying to Torino transport operator GTT entered service on September 11, following an official unveiling by the mayor the previous week The trams have been ordered under a May 2020 framework agreement. A €63·4m ...

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    Depot Personnel Protection System installed at Tyne & Wear Metro site


    UK: Volker Fitzpatrick has installed a Zonegreen Depot Personnel Protection System on four roads and the wheel lathe at the Tyne & Wear Metro’s rebuilt Gosforth depot. The system provides physical protection for trackside staff using powered derailers controlled by road end panels. It is interfaced ...

  • A 3·6 km section of fast tram line in the northern suburbs of Kraków was officially inaugurated on September 4.
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    Kraków fast tram route opens


    POLAND: A 3·6 km section of fast tram line in the northern suburbs of Kraków was officially inaugurated on September 4. The extension from Krowodrza Górka to Papierni Pradnickich is served by routes 18 and 50. Work is still underway on the remaining 900 m of route ...

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    Osijek orders Končar KEV trams


    CROATIA: City transport operator GPP Osijek has ordered 10 low-floor trams from Končar KEV. The contract signed on September 6 is worth €25m, of which €20m is coming from the 2021-26 National Recovery & Resilience Plan. The three-section trams will be 20·8 m long with a ...

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    Wrocław tram extension opens


    POLAND: Revenue services on a 4·7 km tramway extension in Wrocław began on September 3. Opened with a formal ceremony the previous day, the extension runs from Park Biznesu to Nowy Dwór P+R main line station in the west of the city. It is served by ...

  • London Underground Tower Hill (Photo: Kev/Pixabay)
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    Speed and flexibility from London Underground station staff scheduling tool


    UK: Decision support software company SISCOG says London Underground is benefiting from time savings and increased flexibility following the deployment of its Crews scheduling and optimisation platform for managing 5 000 station customer service staff. LU has been using SISCOG’s Crews software to manage its 3 ...

  • Praha funicular impression
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    Praha funicular cars ordered


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Praha transport operator DPP has awarded Doppelmayr/Garaventa a KC138m contract to supply a pair of replacement cars for the Petřín hill funicular railway. The custom-designed 1 435 mm gauge vehicles will be manufactured by Doppelmayr’s CWA subsidiary at Olten in Switzerland, while its Frey ...

  • Samara trams
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    Samara tram deliveries begin


    RUSSIA: Belarusian manufacturer BKM has delivered the first three of 12 T811 trams for use in the city of Samara. The trams are being leased from Sberbank Leasing under a seven-year agreement worth 1·1bn roubles. The fully low-floor single-section cars have a maximum speed of 60 ...

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    Dublin and Cork tram orders planned


    IRELAND: Rail and road project agency Transport Infrastructure Ireland is drawing up plans to begin replacing Dublin’s tram fleet and procure vehicles for future Irish light rail lines. Dublin’s 44 km Luas tram network has a fleet of 81 Alstom Citadis trams ordered in four tranches ...

  • København tram delivery 2
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    København tram delivered


    DENMARK: Siemens Mobility has delivered the first of 29 trams for the Hovedstadens Letbane orbital light rail line which is under construction in København. The tram arrived at the depot in Glostrup on the night of August 23, following testing at the Wildenrath centre in Germany ...

  • KVSZ metro train impression
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    KVSZ wins Kyiv metro train order


    UKRAINE: Kryukovsky Railway Car Building Works announced on August 25 that it had won a €79·2m tender for the supply of 10 five-car metro trainsets to Kyiv. KVSZ said that the price was approved by Kyiv Metro’s tender committee and a loan agreed with EBRD. The ...